In February 2009, Don Carson presented a 14-part seminar entitled “The God Who Is There” at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. This series will serve the church well because it simultaneously evangelizes non-Christians and edifies Christians by explaining the Bible’s storyline in a non-reductionistic way. It’s one thing to know the Bible’s storyline, but it’s another to know one’s role in God’s ongoing story of redemption. “The God Who Is There” engages people at the worldview-level.
The two most dominant Albanian-speaking regions (Albania and Kosova) have a common history. After a 600-year reign by the Ottoman Empire, Albania was officially an atheistic nation during the last half of the 20th century. Kosova was one of the provinces within the former nation of Yugoslavia. Both nations declared (by popular vote) religious freedom in the 1990s. Since then, evangelical churches and mission agencies have multiplied but growth has been slow with limited resources. The genocide in Kosova in 1998-99 sought to unravel the freedoms of the people, but other nations stood with the people of Kosova and for 10 years the region has been a UN protectorate. Within the oversight of the UN and the Albanian population in Albania and elsewhere, the church is seeking to expand its witness, train leaders, and prepare pastors. At the same time, Muslim countries continue to pour in huge amounts of aid and influence. The Albanian churches see literature, Christian instruction, and theological education as key tools for growth and reaching out to the non-religious and nominal Muslim. (Operation World)
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This project is in collaboration with Editora FIEL. Their mission is to spread among Portuguese-speaking peoples worldwide the truths of biblical Christianity, the contours of which have been shaped by the doctrines of sovereign grace, which gave birth to the Reformation and center upon the glorious redeeming work of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the only Mediator between God and man.